Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, the 10-part series stars Mad Men actress Elisabeth Moss and centres on life in the dystopian Gilead, a totalitarian society facing environmental disasters and a plunging birth rate in what was formerly part of the United States.
Channel 4 has confirmed that The Handmaid’s Tale will begin airing in the UK from Sunday 28th May at 9pm.
Moss’ character Offred is a Handmaid in the Commander’s (Joseph Fiennes) household, one of the caste of women who find themselves forced into sexual servitude in order to repopulate a devastated world.
The series also stars Samira Wiley, Max Minghella, Yvonne Strahovski, O-T Fagbenle, Alexis Bledel, Madeline Brewer and Ann Dowd.
Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer said, “The Handmaid’s Tale is a chilling and frighteningly topical exploration of a world where women are subjugated. I’m delighted that Channel 4 viewers will get to see this critically-acclaimed take on a classic novel.”
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.